New Delhi: In the second phase of the high-voltage Malabar exercise, scheduled to take place October 12-15, the US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Carl Vinson will participate. The exercise features the navies of the four Quad countries: India, the United States, Australia and Japan.
The exercise will take place in the Bay of Bengal and will feature a number of complex exercises involving several frontline warships and other assets from the four navies, officials said on Sunday. The first phase of the exercise was conducted in the Philippine Sea from August 26 to 29, 2021.
“The second phase of the exercise would build on the synergy, coordination and interoperability developed during the first phase of the exercise and would focus on advanced surface and anti-submarine warfare exercises, developments in seamanship and gunfire, “a statement said.
The Indian Navy will deploy its frontline warships INS Ranvijay and INS Satpura, a submarine and a fleet of P8I long-range maritime patrol aircraft, they said.
In addition to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, the United States will also deploy the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale.
After making its maiden voyage in 1983, the USS Carl Vinson participated in several major operations, including Operation Desert Strike, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Southern Watch, and Operation Enduring Freedom.
The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force will deploy the JS Kaga helicopter carrier and Murasame-class JS Murasame destroyers while the Royal Australian Navy will be represented by HMAS Ballarat and HMAS Sirius, officials said.
“The second phase of the exercise would build on the synergy, coordination and interoperability developed during the first phase of the exercise and would focus on advanced surface and anti-submarine warfare exercises, the evolutions of the seamanship and the firing of weapons “, declared the spokesman of the Indian navy, captain in command. Vivek Madhwal said, the news agency reported PTI.
“The 25th edition of Exercise Malabar, while respecting all protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic, reflects the commitment of participating countries to support a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific as well as an international order based on rules, “he said.
Following an invitation from India, Australia participated in Exercise Malabar last year, making it an exercise for the four member countries of the Quad or Quadrilateral coalition. Australia also participated in the first phase of Exercise Malabar this year.
The exercise gained new momentum in a context of growing convergence of interests in the maritime domain between the four Quad countries.
China has been wary of the purpose of Exercise Malabar, as it believes the annual war game is an effort to contain its influence in the Indo-Pacific region.
Exercise Malabar began in 1992 as a bilateral exercise between the Indian Navy and the United States Navy in the Indian Ocean. Japan became a permanent member of the exercise in 2015.
The annual exercise was conducted off Guam in 2018 and off the coast of Japan in 2019.
There have been growing global concerns about China’s growing military assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region.
India, the United States, Australia, Japan and many other like-minded countries are working to ensure a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific.
With PTI inputs
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